Steve Mistler

Chief Political Correspondent and State House Bureau Chief

Steve has been a journalist for nearly two decades, specializing in the coverage of politics and state government. His work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Newspaper and Press Association for investigative projects and accountability journalism. He was named the MPA’s Journalist of the Year in 2011 for his coverage of municipal government for The Forecaster in Falmouth and, later, for his coverage of state government for the Sun Journal in Lewiston.

Steve became the state house bureau chief for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram in 2012. After four years with Maine’s largest daily newspaper, Steve made the leap to radio journalism, joining Maine Public in May 2016.

Steve is married with one child and has two crazy dogs. His family lives in Brunswick.

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Maine lawmakers are still struggling with how to deal with Maine’s landmark ranked choice voting law.

On Monday the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee held a public hearing on a proposal that would implement parts of the voter-approved law unlikely to run afoul of Maine’s Constitution.

But some lawmakers want to delay implementation of the law, or repeal it altogether.

Cushing Samp volunteered for the ranked choice voting campaign last year. She said delaying or repealing ranked choice would be an affront to voters.

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Gambling developer Shawn Scott’s campaign to convince Mainers to approve a casino at an undisclosed location in York County began nearly two years ago with over $20,000 in refunds for bus tickets, airfare, rental cars and hotel rooms.

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Former independent gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody has enrolled as a Republican and is expected to launch his second bid for governor around Thanksgiving.

Moody announced his intentions an email to Maine Public on Tuesday.

The owner of Moody’s Collision Service first ran for governor in 2010, finishing fourth in a field that included three independents.

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Members of Maine’s congressional delegation could soon be thrust into another gun control debate.

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The political action committee opposing a proposed casino in York County has launched a website fiercely attacking the controversial gambling developer who could profit if voters approve Question 1 in November.

The website,, pulls few punches. And it targets the long trail of investigations, lawsuits and licensing denials left by casino developer Shawn Scott and his business associates.

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This summer, the campaign to approve a casino in York County hired former Maine Attorney General Andrew Ketterer to represent its interests in an investigation by the Maine Ethics Commission.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Lucas St. Clair, credited with helping persuade residents in the Millinocket region to support the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, now hopes he can convince Maine voters in the 2nd District to send him to Congress.

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Republican state Sen. Garrett Mason formally launched his gubernatorial campaign before an enthusiastic crowd of about 100 people at an event in Lewiston Thursday.

The 32-year-old Lisbon Falls resident and Senate majority leader vowed to pursue an aggressive conservative agenda — cutting taxes, shrinking government and ending what he said was a divisive political climate in Augusta.

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage has long been outspoken critic of the voter-approved law that allows for the adult use and sale of marijuana. Now, lawmakers charged with drafting a bill that will help set up licensing, taxation and public safety rules worry the governor won’t lift a finger to implement it.

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Republican state Sen. Garrett Mason will formally launch his campaign for governor at an event in Lewiston Thursday.

Mason originally planned to announce his candidacy earlier this month. But he postponed the kickoff after the sudden death of his mother, former state Rep. Gina Mason.

The Senate Majority leader turned 32 in June. But he has risen quickly in the Maine GOP since first being elected to the Legislature seven years ago.

Mason is Christian and he has benefited from a religious block of voters that routinely punches above its weight in Maine elections.

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Republican Gov. Paul LePage flew to Washington D.C. Friday to help the White House lobby U.S. Sen. Susan Collins to support a controversial bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is moving to acquire a $1.2 million conservation easement to protect a remote plantation of sugar maples — meaning it could soon become a stakeholder in Maine’s maple syrup industry.

Progress for Maine

A controversial campaign to build a York County casino is touting an analysis that says the project will bring millions of dollars in state revenues, thousands of jobs and a boost to the region’s household earnings. The analysis was paid for by Progress for Maine, the political action committee leading the campaign to approve Question 1.

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Roughly three dozen projects are expected to apply for approximately $3.2 million in state funding through Maine’s premier conservation program. And one of the projects — a bid to conserve a remote, 23,600-acre swath of timberland and its plantation of sugar maples in Somerset County — is seeking $1.2 million.

Law enforcement agencies in eastern Maine are criticizing a decision by Verizon Wireless to terminate cell service due to excessive cost. Police say the company’s decision will have an adverse effect on their work, and on the ability of residents to call 911.

Verizon officials remained tight-lipped Wednesday regarding the actual number of dropped customers, which some sources say could be as high as 2,000.